Sunday 19 October
Good morning cyber campers! The plan today: 6 rounds of 4-way, followed by lots of beer and creeping rounds 7 through 10. First call is 0700. We have 78 4-way teams registered as I write this, which to my knowledge is a nationals record. I believe the previous record was 77 at the 2000 nationals in Perris, CA. The competition is under way!
...it's the busiest time of the meet for us, please be patient with the team photos, it will take a couple of days to get them all posted. Please be sure to report typos and miscues to the webmaster. Thank you! We have all three panels of judges working as 4-way Intermediate jumps this morning. How many Otters we got going here?
...looks like we got three Otters going, with one or two more on call if needed...a tip to any of you trying to get that pesky webcam working: download the latest Flash player from Macromedia.com. Even if you already have the Flash player installed and working, it seems that downloading the latest version can kick start the webcam. Yes, I've already tried the Java and script versions, they stink even worse...
..."The Cunning Stunts", formerly known as "Snatch Force," need to work on their, uhm, video angle...okay okay, I'll be nice...how about those Marlins? ;-)...
...I just walked through the hangar to recycle my coffee and the place is just swarming with competitors...dirt diving, creeping, watching DZTV, packing, gearing up, dirt diving, creeping...it's full competition mode out there, and I got the best seat in the house! Makes it kind of hard to mingle though, I need to get out there and get the dirt for you guys, if you know what I mean...Airspeed Vertical sure looks good for so little training this year...I can't believe how tight that race is in Advanced after just the first round! 13th place is just 4 points out of the lead!
...here come some photomagrafs in a few...
...we're motoring on in to round 2 now, just watched Majik's jump, it was a steady 19 points on a jump that's hard to motor fast on...
Round 3 notes...GK Gold had a good jump after a rough exit, for a 19. Airspeed had a nice exit but busted down to a 17 when they missed grip building a monopod...haven't seen Majik come up yet...absolutely wonderful competition vibes here this year, people seem to be taking competition very seriously but having a lot of fun doing so...if enough people bleg (online begging) I'm going to post some steaming videos of some jumps...er, streaming videos...okay, Majik is up now for round 3, it looks good if they didn't get popped on that crank...let's see...a 19 if clean, a 17 if not...yes indeed, they did get busted on that crank, and after 3 rounds, Golden Knights Gold has leap-frogged into first place...
...BTW, although Ted's software is just about perfect in every respect, there appears to be a tiny buggaboo that sometimes causes the results pages to upload a blank page. If you click on a results link and get a blank page, don't worry, just wait for the scoring processor to load the next page and it will be fixed. If you still get a blank page after say a full hour, then please send us a note...
Okay then, I got a few requests for steamy video, look for that to be posted along with the 4-way Intermediate draw later tonight.
Round 4 notes - Airspeed Vertical really smoked their jump for a 34, while GK Gold and Majik both had some minor glitches and posted 32s, so Vertical takes the lead after 4 rounds. Wow, this is going to be one awesome fight for the gold medal here.
...a half hour later, manifest has just announced that 4-way will stop after 6 rounds today, they had been considering 7 rounds...
...I'd like to be able to cover the Advanced and Intermediate events a little closer, but there's just too much to do with DZTV...anybody out there who wants to contribute here, just throw it my way! But with this being another "on" year (U.S. Team selection) most eyes are going to be on those Open events...will Majik finally their chance for the big dance?
...okay now, on to round 5, where GK Gold and Majik have already posted solid 23s...now Airspeed Vertical, they have flat video on the exit, let's see how they call this one...could be yet another lead change here...they have 23 scoring formations in time, OUCH the 2nd formation is a J, the 3rd a 0, and the 17th a 0, and that collates to a score of 18, GK Gold will take back the lead. Wow!
1810 - T1 chews off a 'Bit
Here's why. The Intermediate dive pool consists of the standard (Open/Advanced) pool, with six blocks removed. Even though the page size is 4 or 5 points, instead of 5 or 6, when an 11-jump draw is generated, and enough of the jumps come out to 5 point pages instead of 4, the pool of formations being drawn from is exhausted before round 11 is "completed". (This is, of course, a bit of a hole in the rules.) At this meet, we had to attempt an Intermediate draw generation a half dozen times before we got a complete, valid 11 rounds. And such a draw will, of course, be dominated by 4-point pages. Between that, and the fact that the pool has 16 randoms and 16 blocks, there is much greater statistical chance that one of those 4-point pages will be all randoms, as opposed to an all-random 5-point page in the Open category. Clear as mud?
...interesting question from the gallery:
I imagine that it's against the rules, and if not, it should be. It's not like creeping at all, you actually get to build the muscle memory and see if the engineering works in freefall. If a team were to try the tunnel during the meet, I can't image they'd get away with it. Anyone's thoughts out there? Send them HERE.
...okay, on with round 6...Majik up first, a very nice clean 20...Airspeed Vertical now...also very sweet, a bit of a stumble near the end, a 19...now the Knights Gold, wearing their world meet RWB, a fast start, looking good, wow a very sweet 21! Will it stay...yes, a spotless 21 points! That was one nice skydive, and GK Gold will go to bed tonight with the lead after six rounds. Tomorrow will be interesting, to say the least.
Last year, there were those who thought the Knights a bit lucky to win -- perhaps me among them -- but it is the Knights today showing that they are no fluke. Do they have a training edge this year? One wonders. I've no idea how much Majik has been training, and I know Airspeed has not put in many jumps. Perhaps someone in the know can fill us in? Just curious...
...one feedback on the tunnel question:
Well, maybe not, but yeah, you could bang out some serious practice in just five minutes...